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Jokanovic answers questions

last updated Saturday 18th November 2017, 8:59 AM

Fulham Football Club

Fulham Coach Slavisa Jokanovic
Fulham Coach
Slavisa Jokanovic
Slavisa Jokanovic
Here's everything Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic said in the broadcast section of his pre-Derby press conference at Motspur Friday afternoon.

Tough period over the past few weeks, how have you used international break?

“Behind us is not the good month, we weren't so successful in October and if I'm being honest, we didn't have enough players left here in this international break and in the end we try make our job and improve fitness and try fix our mistakes with the group we had working with us

Last two days my team were complete and we prepared together for the game in front of us.

No wins in last five, why haven't you been as effective?

“First of all, we created some expectation and we are below that. We didn't be solid enough, competitive and didn't play enough good football to win more points this last month.

At the end it's important to build our confidence, be a unit and improve us and start to play better and be confident and be more competitive.

At the end, after 16 games, there is a huge number of the games in front of us and we must take this serious possibility and be available to improve ourselves.

We aren't good enough at the moment and must be improve.

How important is it to make a statement against Derby this weekend?

“Its very important for us, they are in good form and are six points ahead and it's a great chance to cut this distance between us tomorrow afternoon.

For another side, we know we haven't shown enough good performances and it’s a fantastic chance for us to do everything to beat Derby.

Who are the key men?

This is a team sport and we have few problems in this beginning of the season, we expect we will find our better version with Cairney, who is going to be our best player and one of the more important players in the past where he is in great level, he makes the people around him be better.

It's not only about one player, we need improve in both boxes and in many games we dominate and create the chances but we must find confidence with some good results and this solution is in our hands and opportunities are there tomorrow afternoon.

Still, Sheyi Ojo and Lucas Piazon are outside of the squad, Kevin McDonald is suspended and Kebano has some question marks - he has a hip problem and we must assess him.

Is Ojo back in training and could he be involved?

He will be involved soon and is working with us but without physical contact.

Home form, it’s not been strong, how frustrating and how do you turn it around?

It's true, in the last season we probably play better away too than what we play at home.

I try push my team to mark their territory and be comfortable at home but we didn't show enough confidence and what I say in bad moment we must be a unit, push altogether and I am sure our supporters will push hard to help us in the game but altogether we must find solution.

Is your ambition still getting promoted?

It’s not question about our ambition, we are where we are and we must be realistic.

We know we are below expectations that we created and step by step we must be available to improve and start to win the games and be more comfortable on the pitch and be more competitive.

At the moment, I am not thinking of May, I am thinking of the next steps and the next step is in front of us and we must be better.

Will this game be used as a turning point for your season?

I hope it will be turning point for us, it's a great chance in front of our supporters and Sky and it’s the best moment for us to change our situation.

Source Ryan O'Donovan at GetWestLondon
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